Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run single in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees beat the host Tampa Bay Rays 4-3, while the New York Mets fell 7-2 at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In other Major League Baseball games last night, the Red Sox’s 13-0 loss against the Oakland Athletics was called after the seventh inning because of rain and blustery winds, and the Colorado Rockies lost the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves in the coldest temperature recorded at a game since MLB began tracking it in 1991.
The temperature at the start of the game in Denver’s Coors Field was 23 degrees (minus-5 Celsius). Atlanta won both games of the doubleheader, with brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hitting back-to-back home runs in the nightcap for the Braves. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Desmond Jennings scored for the Rays on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly in the first inning and Vernon Wells hit a run-scoring single in the fourth to tie it for the Yankees.
Jose Molina restored Tampa Bay’s lead with a run-scoring single in the seventh and Suzuki scored on Brett Gardner’s groundout in the eighth. Suzuki then drove home Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner in the ninth to give the Yankees (11-8) a 4-2 lead before Evan Longoria completed the scoring with a home run for the Rays (9-11).
“I haven’t been able to do much, but hopefully things like this will help me get past it,” said Suzuki, who is hitting .220 this season.
David Robertson (1-0) struck out two in the eighth for the win and Mariano Rivera got his sixth save despite allowing Longoria’s home run.
David Price (0-2) surrendered three runs on eight hits and struck out five in eight innings.
“We’re still 0-5 when I pitch, I don’t feel good,” Price told reporters. “I want to be in that game. It’s like it’s my game to lose.”
At Citi Field in New York, Mark Ellis hit two home runs and a grounder that sent Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese limping into the clubhouse.
Ellis, who hit his 100th career home run in the fifth inning, hit Niese in the lower right leg in the third inning. The Mets (9-9) said he was day-to-day.